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South Baseball—The Spirit of Winning is the first major film to turn the spotlight on Toms River High School South and legendary Indians Baseball Head Coach, Ken Frank. Coach Frank not only is New Jersey’s winningest high school baseball coach, (ranked 15th nationally) he also is a dedicated mentor who has had a profound impact on the lives of countless players during the past 40+ years. The 2017 season was another winner, with the team clinching the Class A South title.
Twenty years after a 1998 Toms River team became Little League World Series Champions, the one-hour film highlights this area’s passion for baseball. The film traces Todd Frazier’s story – from starring on that Little League team, through successful seasons at High School South, Rutgers University, and as third baseman for the New York Yankees – and shows how this hometown hero serves as an inspiration to young players.
The film depicts former South Baseball players, many of whom regularly attend spirited games in Ken Frank Baseball Stadium, proudly watching their sons follow in their footsteps. It also includes interviews with sports insiders who share entertaining stories that gave rise to the legend of Coach Frank and Indians baseball. Interest in the film will extend beyond sports fans at the Jersey Shore, as the documentary shows how tough love can help young people win in sports and in life.
Veteran television journalist Sandra Levine, a Toms River native and South alumna who has been nominated 10 times for regional Emmy Awards, produced the film. In 2014 her poignant, one-hour documentary about Superstorm Sandy, Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy, premiered at the Grunin Center, and aired on public television stations (PBS) throughout New Jersey and in parts of the surrounding states.
South Baseball—The Spirit of Winning is a sponsored project of the New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.
Funding has been provided by:
GRAND SLAM FUNDERS • The Brion B. Applegate Trust
TRIPLE FUNDERS • Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation • Pine Belt Chevrolet – Chrysler – Subaru • Tishman Construction Corporation • Dr. Richard Levine & Diana Madaras
DOUBLE FUNDERS • Paul Vecchione • Sean Kauffman • OceanFirst Bank • Mike Lawroski • Marty Donato • Edward Grundhauser • ServPro of Toms River • Toms River Heating & Air Conditioning • Chianese Dental • Good Friend Electric • Lotano Development • Community Medical Center
BASE HIT FUNDERS • Riverfront Dental Care • Meadowbrook Industries, Inc. • The Citta Foundation • Fortunato Family • Bruce Rush • Gluck & Allen, LLC • Gould Family • Joe & Sandra Sutaris • Saker ShopRites, Inc. • Herb Fisher • Dick Read • Devil Brownies